Six Original Teams in the NHL
6 original NHL teams 1917 are Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers.
The Canadiens formed in 1909 and joined the leagues in 1917, and another one to join at the same time was The Maple Leafs. That is the year the National Hockey League was founded. Thus, these two are the charter members of the league.
Later in the 1920s, the remaining four, the Bruins, the Red Wings, Blackhawks, and the Rangers, joined the franchise. Let's find out more details about the initial six hockey clubs of the league.
Montreal Canadiens - 1909
Montreal Canadiens, a member of the Atlantic Division, is the oldest club in the league. It was formed in 1909 by J. Ambrose O'Brien, and the club joined the league at the time of its formation.
The Canadiens is the longest-operating professional sports club in hockey. Moreover, it is a club with the highest Stanley Cup championship. It has won 24 times since 1926.
Prior to that, the silver cup was an inter-league championship. Likewise, the Canadiens have won 24 division championships and have 64 players in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Martin St. Louis is the head coach, while Nick Suzuki is the captain. Both were recruited for the position in 2022.
Toronto Maple Leafs - 1919
Toronto Maple Leafs, like the Canadiens, joined the league in 1919. It is the club with the second-highest Stanley Cup championships.
They have won 13 cups, including their back-to-back victory in 2020 and 2021. Regarding the name, the Leafs were first named Arenas and then St. Patricks. In 1927, the club adopted its current name.
One of the teams of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, the club has been coached by Sheldon Keefe since the 2021-22 season, and John Tavares has been the captain since 2019.
Boston Bruins - 1924
The Boston Bruins was founded in 1924, and the same year, the club joined in NHL. To date, it has won six Stanley Cup championships, along with 25 division championships and 51 athletes in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The third oldest and most active club has Jim Montgomery as its head mentor. Patrice Bergeron has been the captain since 2021.
Chicago Blackhawks - 1926
Two years after the Bruins, a new sports club joined the world of hockey and joined the franchise. Earlier, Chicago Blackhawks used to introduce themselves with the two words except for Chicago.
The Hawks holds six Stanley Cup trophies alongside 16 division championship and 39 athletes in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Hawks is a member of the Central division under the Western Conference. Kyle Davidson is the general manager, while Luke Richardson is the head mentor. Centre player Jonathan Bryan Toews is the captain.
Detroit Red Wings - 1926
The fifth team from the oldest National Hockey League franchise is the Detroit Red Wings. It was formed in 1926 as the Detroit Cougars. It became the Detroit Falcons in 1930 and was renamed with its current title in 1932.
The Wings is the top club with the most Stanley Cups based in the United States. It has won 11 silver cups (third highest in the league) with 19 division championships and 63 players in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Ilitch Holding Company owns the club, with Steve Yzerman as the general manager. Dylan Larkin is the captain, while Derek Lalonde was hired as the head coach in June 2022.
New York Rangers - 1926
New York Rangers is the first team from the United States to win the Stanley Cup Championship. The team won the silver cup the subsequent season, it joined the league.
To date, it has four Stanley and 49 players in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Defenseman Jacob Ryan Trouba is the team captain and Gerard Gallant is the head mentor.